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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 16 May 2014


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    The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest. This morning's programme was presented by Keelin Shanley


    USC Hike

    There are new USC hikes on the way for pensioners and families with medical cards – including those with special needs children – and these increases come along with reductions in USC charges for self employed workers earning over 100 thousand a year.

    Keelin was joined by Charlie Weston the personal finance editor of the Irish Independent.


    Economics of the HSE

    Later today the HSE will be hosting what it terms as a masterclass for senior managers at the Convention Centre in Dublin. In a system where there has been a 25% reduction in spend, and a 12.5% reduction in staffing since 2008, the question will be how can the drive to reduce costs be reconciled with maintaining an efficient and quality level of care.

    The keynote speaker is Professor Robert S. Kaplan, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School.


    States of Fear: 15 Years On

    When the States Of Fear documentaries were first broadcast in 1999, they led to a series of unprecedented events in Irish society, which culminated in the state apologising to victims of abuse in church and state-run institutions and establishing a commission of inquiry. 

    Mary Raftery was the woman behind the documentaries and to mark the 15th anniversary of their broadcast, the Irish Film Institute will host a series of screenings and talks this weekend.

    Keelin was joined by two people who knew her better than most – her husband, David Waddell and Sheila Ahern, the researcher who worked with Mary on the States of Fear documentaries.


    Boy Soldier of World War One

    A public memorial is being unveiled in Waterford this Sunday to honour the Boy Soldier - John Condon - who was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium on 24th May 1915.  Valerie Cox has been to Waterford to find out more. 


    The Ballymaloe Cookbook

    It may be known for its relish, but this year sees 50 years since the founding of the Ballymaloe House restaurant by Myrtle Allen in East Cork.

    To celebrate its anniversary - and Mrs. Allen’s 90th birthday - Ballymaloe have published a new revised edition of The Ballymaloe Cookbook.

    In our Cork Studio was JR Ryall, Ballymaloe’s Head Pastry Chef and worked with Myrtle Allen on the revised edition of the book.



    Now, last week our reporter Brian O’Connell looked at two job placement schemes. This week Brian was looking at two more.



    In 2012, it was widely believed that we were on the way to eradicating the Polio virus for good. Two years on, the World Health Organisation has this week declared a ‘global health emergency’, after an increase in the number of cases recorded across Africa and the Middle East. 

    Keelin was joined in studio by John McFarlane, President of the European Polio Union and on the line we have Sona Bari, of the World Health Organisation.



    Joining Keelin for this week’s Gathering were Cormac Lucey, economist and Daily Mail Columnist; Niall O’Connor, Political Correspondent with Independent Newspapers; Jill Kirby, Personal Finance Correspondent with the Sunday Times and Labour Senator, Ivana Bacik.

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